Posts tagged Paula Herrmann

FREE Books. Racine Littles.

girlbooksIt’s the gift that speaks volumes for our community’s future! Just Add Kids’campaign to help build young readers via the United Way of Racine County’s Imagination Library initiative.

Imagination Library was created in 1996 by famed country-singer Dolly Parton to foster a love of reading. All participating children receive free, age-appropriate books though the mail each month, from birth to age five.

In 2009, United Way launched the Imagination Library initiative in western Racine County. It was a perfect fit for United Way’s early childhood priority focused on the healthy development of children and school readiness.

Your support of Just Add Kids’ crowdfunding campaign will help Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expand to serve young children throughout ALL of Racine County. More than 36,000 FREE books have been distributed since the program began in 2009 and we want to distribute even more!

I am so passionate about being able to help facilitate providing books for kids right here in our city. Your financial support is being requested to join me and the United Way of Racine County in making a difference in the lives of children in the birth to age 5 bracket.

What a GREAT opportunity to give. Click here to donate!
$5, $25…whatever your heart feels is good. Thank you!

Join in on the celebration with the Imagination Library’s Expansion Event! Come to Regency Mall’s East Court on Saturday from 10am – 2pm. First 500 children enrolled  will receive a literacy kit and a FREE book in the mail each month until they turn five!

Imagination Library Expansion Event Flyer (2)

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Cheers, 
Paula Herrmann, Founder
Just Add Kids

 

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It’s the Gift That Speaks Volumes

Dolly-Parton-library-logoIt’s the gift that speaks volumes for our community’s future!  Just Add Kids’ campaign to help build young readers via the United Way of Racine County’s Imagination Library initiative.

Imagination Library was created in 1996 by famed country-singer Dolly Parton to foster a love of reading. All participating children receive free, age-appropriate books though the mail each month, from birth to age five.

In 2009, United Way launched the Imagination Library initiative in western Racine County. It was a perfect fit for United Way’s early childhood priority focused on the healthy development of children and school readiness.

Your support of Just Add Kids’ crowdfunding campaign will help Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expand to serve young children throughout ALL of Racine County. More than 36,000 FREE books have been distributed since the program began in 2009 and we want to distribute even more!

I am so passionate about being able to help facilitate providing books for kids right here in our city. Your financial support is being requested to join me and the United Way of Racine County in making a difference in the lives of children in the birth to age 5 bracket.

What a GREAT opportunity to give. Click here to donate!

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Thank you, 
Paula Herrmann, Founder
Just Add Kids

 

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A Family That Selfies Together, Plays Together…Stays Together!

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#Selfie:
A Family of Trait-dition

by Just Add Kids Founder
Paula Herrmann

Two weeks back in JAK Chat blog, I wrote about some of the traditions our family does during the Christmas holiday. We have the schedule of things we do, and we pretty much stick to it every year. One of those things is to hit the road to my parent’s home in Mukwonago on Christmas Day for my side of the family’s celebration.

Last year spawned the first of a family tradition whilst on that annual trek over-the-river-and-through-the-woods…the second annual Herrmann selfie in the family truckster.

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Johnny Jack the inventor of the selfieThe selfie phenomenon originated long before Kim Kardashian came on the scene. In fact, my brother recently produced the first evidence of the selfie on my side of the family.  Here’s my dad at my sister’s 1990 wedding  totally capturing the excitement of the selfie. The Johnny Jack selfie meme. Nice! Can you imagine having to wait a few days to receive back your printed photos?  Remember that? Dropping off film to be developed. The surprise of what you see once you open the envelop and browse through the pics. This selfie? Daddy nailed it!

Trait: a genetically determined characteristic.

Apparently, the selfie apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In all honesty, ours was not a one shot wonder. Rather, bad snap after bad snap; swapping drivers, as the hubs was falling asleep at the wheel (a Herrmann family trait); and an accidental video to capture my hub’s failed attempt at the perfect family selfie.

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Film points of interest:
-The selfie lens option is not selected. Though many attempts are made to position the camera near the car’s rearview mirror to take snap the family  selfie.
-An accidental slip into Slo-Mo mode at :04.
-Whoops! Phone dropping at :18.
-Anyone recognize highway 20, this neighborhood in Waterford? Is that you in front of us?
-Enter me at 1:39 trying to direct him how to flip the phone for regular front lens, to selfie lens.

As long as the final product works, right? It’s all about the adventure to get there.

Family Selfie Collage

Family Selfie Collage 2

Self-portraiture….it’s an art, alright.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi, Five!

SCAN’s Gimme 5 for Safe KidsStop Child Abuse artwork SCAN
An invitation from
Karen Fetherston,
Child Abuse Awareness Coordinator
Lutheran Social Services
of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
and
Paula Herrmann, Founder
Just Add Kids

 A hand goes up, and a child begins to talk about
things happening at home, asking: “Is this child abuse?”
The innocence behind the question underscores
the importance of educating children at a young age
about child abuse so they know when to ask for help…

Continue reading and you’ll see PRECISELY why the Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) program of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is crucial to our community’s children.

In this case, a seven-year old Racine child
told a SCAN presenter about long-term sexual abuse
by two family members. The child had kept this from other family members, school staff and other trusted adults.
The informat
ion presented by SCAN,
as well as the SCAN facilitator’s compassionate demeanor, taught this child that what was happening was abusive
and was not the child’s fault, and it gave the
child the courage to follow through and tell the secret.
Read more…

SCAN has been providing child abuse prevention lessons to students in southeastern Wisconsin for over 30 years, currently teaching lessons to preschoolers, kindergartners, 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders in Racine and Kenosha County schools. During the 2014-2015 school year, SCAN taught lessons to nearly 11,000 youth in Racine and Kenosha County schools. Students are taught to recognize abusive situations, to disclose abuse should it occur, and to identify sources of support. Above all, we want children to know that abuse is never the fault of the child.

…And that is the hope – that children recognize
when something is wrong and tell a responsible adult
about it so someone can step in.
SCAN doesn’t always get to see the final result
of their presentations, but just knowing
that a child like this seven-year old would
no longer be dealing with this alone is enough.

Who Can I tell Stop Child Abuse artwork SCAN (2)

SCAN is essential to Racine but often does not receive the support necessary to ensure  continued work with children. Due to reductions in funding and increased costs associated with programming, the program is in the unfortunate position of having to make tough decisions about which schools need to be suspended from its list of schools served. What has resulted is a decision to suspend service to western Racine County schools since they bear the highest cost in terms of travel time and mileage. That means about a 17% reduction in SCAN’s audience, or about 1,651 western Racine County students. SCAN needs to raise about $5000 to see those groups.

At the heart of our community is the opportunity for people to join together to make a positive and lasting difference in people’s lives. This November, SCAN needs your help. They need $5000 and are hoping to raise it even if it’s $5 at a time.

Your $5 will fund the following SCAN programs:

KidSCAN: Preschool program for three- to five year-old children that uses dolls, posters, songs and games to teach about child abuse.
SCANMAN: Puppet show for kindergarten students that teaches stranger danger and child abuse awareness.
SCAN Stories: Second-grade program that uses storytelling to begin a discussion about child abuse.
Yes We SCAN!: Fourth-grade program that uses a video to build awareness and encourage further discussion of child abuse.
iSCAN: Sixth grade curriculum that features a video, presentation and discussion about internet safety.

Please find it in your heart and follow the link below to donate and share, share, share. Let’s get this done! Gimme 5! (for the kids).

SCAN Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/462231880629723/

SCAN webpage:
http://www.lsswis.org/LSS/Services/Parenting/Child-Abuse-Neglect-Education.htm

Direct link to SCAN Online Donation Page:
https://www.changealife.today/OffNav/SCAN-Donation

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Fun ‘n Names

Christiane: A 9/11 TributeChristiane First Day of School 2015
by Just Add Kids Founder
Paula Herrmann

My 13 year old daughter, Christiane, in one of her first English assignments wrote about her name. She labeled it as “uncommon”. Funny the whole description had the feel of “common”, kinda “blah”.

While I’ve told the story to her so many times as to how her name was derived, she included nothing of the sort in her essay. Seriously, she has so much material to work with! So, okay, maybe mom here is a bit biased, but her name comes, in part, with some recent historical significance. Read more…

I was pregnant with this one, my number 3 girl, on September 11, 2001 when our country was attacked. Along with my fellow Americans and the world, I was glued to our TV as events and reports unfolded. I was a big CNN watcher then and was mesmerized by one of their lead reporters who was constantly on the scene with some middle eastern landscape in the backdrop. Her name, Christiane Amanpour.

Not sure if you used any sort of methodology to name your children, but Christiane’s name resonated with me. It’s beautiful. Somewhat in honor and respect this reporter. I’m Christian, so that makes sense, too. And oddly enough, years ago I asked permission of a family if they wouldn’t mind if I were to name (if I ever had another child/daughter) her Ani. That was years before I was even pregnant. Permission granted. Ani is a beautiful name, and worked well as the shortened version of Christiane, right? It works.

Well, Ani never stuck. Lovingly, she has earned the nicknames Pink Stink and Chrusty. You know there are stories behind those. None as dignified as what I am telling you today. Shortened, she goes by Christi, which is the way I spell it. She spells it Christy. I should just let her win on this.

Anyways, thanks for allowing me to share and you listening/reading.

Please never forget.

September 11 remembrance piece 2015

My past years’ September 11th reflections:

RE-Group: RE-member (2014)
Say It Ain’t So: September 11th Memory Lapse (2013)
Time Traveler: Taken Back on 9/11 (2012)
Blue Skies: Grey Days (2011)

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Destination ==> FUN!

Let’s Head INDOORSkid in a ballpit
Play Place Destination Guide
Compiled by Just Add Kids Founder, Paula Herrmann

‘Tis the season for wacky weather! We can be in the midst of a polar vortex deep freeze, knee deep or so in a winter wonderland of snow, muckin’ around in slush and brown mud, or heck we might see dead dry grass and pavement. Who knows?

One thing remains constant….KIDS GOTTA PLAY, and sometimes momma just has to get away.  There are a number of indoor activity centers for families with kids of all ages.  Read more….

America’s Action Territory – (Kenosha) A wide choice of indoor and outdoor attractions, games and food selections. Indoor options are: arcade, bumper cars, BallOCity, laser tag, and The Heist.

Monkey Joe’s – (Kenosha and Waukesha) Children’s party and play destinations with 9 giant inflatable jumps and slides perfect for children 12 and younger includes the Mini Monkey Zone area for children ages 3 and younger.

Chasing Tales for Kids  -(Oak Creek)  An indoor playground that offers both recreational and educational experiences for young children. Available for free play, birthday party hosting, story time, and special events.

Lotza Fun Room – (Muskego) Exciting play experience for children ages 5 and under.  We offer a clean and safe playroom with a variety of different toys and activities for children to enjoy.

Bounce Realm – (Greenfield) Indoor Party and Play Center for children 12 and under. Inflatable party place, playground,  arcade and movie theater.

Family Tree Haus -(Franklin) Indoor playground for children up to 10 years old.

FunTimez! – (Franklin) Party and Play Center which features massive, themed inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses kids love, interactive games, toddler activities and more. A family destination for people of all ages, recently added rock climbing, adventure jumper, and laser tag!

Bounce Milwaukee – (Milwaukee) Inflatable sports arena, laser tag, rock climbing, obstacle courses and much more!

The Big Backyard, LLC – (New Berlin) An indoor playground and birthday party center that provides a fun, clean, and safe place for children ages 0-8 to play, celebrate special events, and learn through our enrichment opportunities.

Helium Trampoline Park – (New Berlin) Features 140 trampolines with Open Jump All Day Everyday!

Kids In Motion – (New Berlin) Open Play area for toddlers/preschoolers, laser tag for ages 5 and older, arts and crafts, and cafeteria.

StoneFire Pizza Company – (New Berlin) A state of the art arcade area with touchscreen arcades, classic pinball, and old standbys like skee-ball; bumper cars, mini-bowling, multi-level BallOCity, Frog Hopper ride, candy store, buffet & sports bar!

Sky Zone Milwaukee – (Waukesha) Indoor trampoline park offering active fun for all ages.

The list probably doesn’t end here. Gymnastic centers will be added shortly.
If you own a business, or know of other indoor play destinations, let JAK know! contact@justaddkidsonline.net

 

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We Be Chill In!

Cabin Fever Family Activity Survival Guide
Winter 2015

compiled by Paula Herrmann, Founder
Just Add Kids

School’s Out! And it’s not for summer. Bummer?!
Once again, we’re trapped in our homes due to the dangerous winter weather.
It’s Wisconsin after all. Cheer or complain, we deal.

This is an repeat of last year’s list, and hoping to continuing to build with the help of our JAK peeps…oh yeah, that’s you! Do share!

We’ve tapped into some of the ideas posted out there on the social media sites and those activities we have access to and are good fallbacks in bad (and good) weather.

Just Add Kids Cabin Fever Family Activity Guide with JAK logo (2)

 

Before you advance to any of the below ideas! Take part in this timely activity ==>fundraiser and help out this Racine area homeless shelter, Hospitality Center, that without the resources need in cash donations and manpower will cease its overnight operations.
Totally kid-friendly! Can you imagine being homeless on a day like this? “The 10/10/10 Challenge: 12 Hours of Change in Racine”

1) Make Water balloon Ice Marbles. Needed: latex balloons, food coloring, kitchen tap water, snow bank!
No School balloons (2)

2) Blow bubbles into the chilly air. Heated up your bubble solution so that it’s warm or even hot to the touch. Blow several bubbles into the frigid, sub-freezing air. Catch with a wand if you can and watch it turn into a crystal fragile ball.  Needed: store bought bubbles or home concoction.

3) Make snow!  Throwing boiling water (away from you/downwind) into the frigid subzero dry air will cause it to evaporate almost instantly. Needed: pot, water, stove!

4) Freeze your shirt! Wash/wet & ring out a shirt, hang on a hanger outside in the bitter cold. It’ll freeze in a very short period of time! Hey, that’s a cool shirt you’ve got there.

5) Make a sofa-fort!
sofa fort

6) Bake cookies! Your recipe. Great activity you can do with peeps ages toddler thru teen. Feed the stomach, warm up the house! Success!
cookies peeps (2)

7) Cozy up together and watch a movie! Dig into your old VHS’s and share your childhood favs, if you can. Nothing is better than some of the classics. (see new posting, #11)

8) Puzzletime! Sometimes attacking a 500 piece puzzle can be daunting, but once you get into it, it’s addicting. “Let’s-a go, little guys!”
puzzle mario

9) Ice Face, Baby! Finger drawing in frozen or moisture laden windows brings back so many memories of winter rides on the school bus. Is that JAK?
ice face baby

10) Snow Bath! Too cold for the kiddos to play in the yard? Well, bring the snow inside. Use your tub! Make a snowman, a snow fort, have fun. Dress appropriately….coat, snow pants, boots, and mittens are still necessary.

photo credit: ABC7 Chicago

photo credit: ABC7 Chicago

11) Watch FROZEN (again, or for the first time) for free! Got 125 minutes to fill? It’s PG and free*. Pop the corn, snuggle up, and enjoy. Here’s the link: http://watch32.com/movies-online/frozen-5377
FROZEN

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12) Lego Ninjago Snakedown in the snow (in the bathroom)! Or of course, substitute with Lego Friends, or Polly Pockets, or Littlest Pet Shop, etc.!
Max playing Ninjago in the snow 2 Max playing Ninjago in the snow

13) Do your nails together! Set up shop! It’s time for mommy & daughter (or son) mani & pedi! Here’s a DIY to follow : http://www.ehow.com/how_10058470_give-yourself-manipedi.html
mom and me mani

mom and me pedi

 

We’ll add more ideas to this list. We encourage any freaking awesome feedback from YOU! You can comment or email JAK at contact@justaddkidsonline.net

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